Lost in the abyss of spending $100 to watch Mayweather and Pacquiao tango and pasodoble (you know, the dance where two people get close to one another and never touch) for 12 rounds in Las Vegas, it is a grand lesson in what people spend their entertainment dollars on.
I guess for even the most die hard of boxing fans, $100 may be a stiff price to pay for the so-called “Fight of the Century” (as I like to say, if that was the Fight of the Century, thank God there is 85 years left to change it). While the real winners were both fighters involved, with Mayweather taking home 100 million dollars, and Pacquiao at least 25 million, the real losers are the saps that spent that kind of money to watch something that may have made you skip over your daily dose of Ambien.
If I am going to watch a sporting event, I not only want to be entertained, but also not feel like I had to spend money month after month to afford to go. You know what the best bargain in sports today is?
High School Sports
That’s right. I said it. It isn’t the corrupt sport boxing has become. It is the colluded sport of basketball, where players now form teams on their own and make their free agent signings a package deal with their friends. It isn’t pro baseball, where money rules, and mistakes from trying to build your team can be covered up by the almighty dollar.
High School Sports are pure, entertaining, and by far the best bargain there is for your sports dollar. I just wish more parents, and more people in general, would realize the impact they could have on the kids and the community with just a little bit of support.
High School Sports? Surely you can’t be serious?…I am serious, and don’t call be surely
Here is why, and it is all about IMPACT:
They are kids…. What is better than watching your child, or other kids you know for that matter, play sports? Kids don’t worry about their next contract, or their individual statistics. 99% of them probably won’t even play a sport in college, so this is their time to shine. Yes, they may not always play the right way, however, there efforts always garner recognition. A way to make them feel good about themselves and what they can accomplish
Like I said before, they are pure…. No corruption that comes with the other sports. No judges that are paid off, no officiating that is different for the “stars”. These kids play because they love to play. In most cases, the results are pure because the best team usually wins, without any manipulations from outside forces.
It’s kids your child may have grown up with…. In most school districts, these are the kids that your child has grown up with their whole lives, kids they may have known from as far back as kindergarten. What a neat thing to see. “Remember when little Johnny played soccer with you in the rec league? Now he is playing varsity soccer”. I think that is kind of neat.
It brings up an interesting point
Don’t we all teach our kids to do well by others, think of other people’s feelings, and “pay it forward”? When you attend a high school sporting event, aren’t you doing all three?
Let’s dig a little deeper here
The dedication is there…. Ever been around a high school wrestler? How about a high school basketball player or football player? How about a band member or softball player? These kids are as dedicated as they come. Most people don’t see all the behind the scenes work these kids put in. The cutting of the weight, the 6 A.M. practices, the hours spent in the off season in the batting cage are all part of the kids preparation for their upcoming season.
It’s about having pride and a sense of community…. There is a certain amount of pride that comes from playing for your school. kids love to sport their school gear whenever they are out in public. Kids love reading about their game in the paper or online. It makes them proud to be a member of their community.
The cost…. Watching high school sports is inexpensive, and if you have ever watched an event, more than worth the cost of admission. High school football games are $6, basketball games $5, and most spring sports are FREE. That’s right, doesn’t even cost you a penny. It costs nothing but your time. So, let me see if I have the Math right here. For people to spend $100, they could go to up to 10 high school events that they actually pay for, and an unlimited number of events they don’t pay for.
Let me summarize. For the same price as a pay-per-view that last three hours, you can:
- Attend a pure type of athletic event
- Support your school and community
- Form relationships with other parents
- Show your kids that supporting your school and community is important and worth doing
- Help “spread the word” about how enjoyable it was
Think of it this way: when you spend your money on pay-per-views or other pro sporting events, your dollars go to the salaries of the players and owners. When you spend your money on high school sports, your money goes to the SCHOOL and the COMMUNITY, making that community a more attractive place to live.
What can we do to show support besides just going to the games?…. There are a few things. First, sponsor something. Have your employer pay for a season worth of tickets to a football or basketball game. Maybe in turn, your employer can get some free advertising. Second, get involved in the fundraising efforts for the teams involved. Of course, if you could get more people to attend games, maybe there wouldn’t even be a need for fundraisers. When you see a high school athlete around town, say hello, say “nice game last week” or “good luck this week”. A little kindness goes a long way to these kids.
As far as how big a impact you can make? Think of this scenario when a community is tuned in to its athletic teams:
Imagine a community with a sense of what can be accomplished. Let’s say the baseball team has a big game this week. The city can work with area restaurants and other hang-out places that these kids attend. Imagine promoting the kids, team, and community with their menu:
Strolling into the Golden Arches and ordering a ‘McCann Big Mac” with “Freidman Fries” and washing down with a “Charles Coke”. Or you can always order a “McCurry McFlurry” How about going to your favorite Italian restaurant and ordering the “Alvarez Alfredo” with a side of “Golic Garlic Sticks”. Saving room for dessert, everyone has room for an “Alstadt Apple Pie” or a “Mooney Moon Pie”.
Now imagine if, for the week, these establishments donated five cents, or even two cents on the dollar to the school or community for that week. Think the kids would have to go door-to-door fundraising anymore? Think they could have nicer facilities and practice areas? Think that would make the city and school district a more attractive place to live? There is a reason why the smallest of schools and communities always bring the most fans, and have the best fan base. They are ENGAGED, and they “get it”.
It seems so difficult, but yet it is so simple….its all about IMPACT
That is why High School Sports are the best bargain going today